SALTILLO -- There was no bigger winner than Bullard's girls basketball team Thursday as a busy weekend of tournament across the East Texas region began.

The Lady Panthers opened their time at the Saltillo Tournament with a 68-46 win against fellow Class 4A opponent Paris North Lamar and earned a 73-20 victory over Bogata Rivercrest from Class 2A later in the day.

A 24-point third quarter versus North Lamar allowed Bullard to pull away. It was only a three-point game in favor of the Lady Panthers at halftime.

Lauren Zachry led three Bullard players in double digits. She scored 28 points, including eight 3-pointers.

Hannah Lloyd finished second on the team scoresheet with 18 points. All of her tallies came on 3-point attempts.

Allie Kirgan scored 11 points in the opening game.

Bullard held Rivercrest to 11 first-half points in its second contest. That allowed the team to build a commanding 35-11 advantage.

Lloyd, Zachry and Sydney Foster hit double digits against Rivercrest. Lloyd's 22 points were a team-best.

Bullard will face Saltillo today at 6 p.m. as its next Saltillo Tournament opponent.


Chapel Hill Downs Cushing + Garrison

CUSHING -- Chapel Hill notched its first two wins of the season Thursday at the Cushing Tournament by defeating Garrison and Cushing.

The Lady Bulldogs opened the day with an 82-19 win against Garrison, a Class 3A program.

Mykaela Alfred and Ty'Liyah Moore tied for the team lead in scoring with 17 points apiece. Kyia Moore scored 11 points to round out the top offensive tier of Chapel Hill players.

Cushing, a Class 2A team, was a somewhat stronger challenger, but the Lady Bulldogs prevailed by a score of 55-22.

Alfred put up a team-best 21 points. April Walker chipped in 12 points.

Chapel Hill will resume Cushing Tournament action today.


Boys Basketball

Slocum Scrapes By Central Heights

ELKHART -- Slocum got a scare from Nacogdoches Central Heights in its opening game of Slocum Tournament competition, but it ultimately managed to hang on for a 58-56 victory.

Alex Maldonado led the Mustangs with a team-best 17 points. Taylor Hunt and Edwin Martinez followed close behind with 14 and 12 points, respectively.

Combined, they thwarted a 21-point effort from Nathan Badders and held the rest of Central Heights' scorers to nine points or less.

Slocum and Central Heights will resume tournament play today.